Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug

The Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug

Mug rugs can be the perfect little gift to make for a friend's  birthday.  So I was thrilled when Amanda, The Patchsmith , released her newest mug rug pattern the other day! Her timing was perfect!

The Patchsmith's new pattern.... Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug pattern  {here}
  (You get it instantly since it is a pdf download!!)

The Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug

~photo courtesy of The Patchsmith
I just  love Amanda's  bright and beautiful , "Easter " colored version!     

 I dug up some of my  beautiful Dogwood blossoms scraps to make my own Log Cabin Cross mug rug.           

I  just love using Amanda's patterns!!

**  The  directions are clear and the diagrams are excellent.  And always accurate!!I
  I print out the directions and follow them right on my cutting mat.  ( I can easily get confused with "just reverse the block"  kind of directions!  That's not the case with The Patchsmith directions! )

**  She includes the size of each component, so I can trim as I go, to make the final block the accurate size !

**  This pattern  even includes a foundation paper pieced pattern to make the log cabin block! I'll try that method the next time I make the cross.

** This pattern also includes directions for making little hanger pockets, to use the log cabin cross as a mini wallhanging !

My Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug      by Susie's Sunroom
I apologize for the  faded colors in my photos.  The weather was not cooperating with the pale pink colors.

Log Cabin Mug Rug 

And here is the back of the mug rug...  I'll tell you a secret.....

I used the "wrong side" of the fabric, to get the muted colors.... shhhhhhhh!

This little log cabin cross would make a beautiful gift as a wallhanging for a baptism, a confirmation, and  for Easter!  

What a clever design; marrying the log cabin block with a cross, Amanda!

This mug rug, and oodles more, can be found at The Patchsmith { HERE  }.

There's lots of time to make one for Easter!  And you'll find many more  designs that  are perfect for Spring time!!

I'm off to my sewing room!

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Wakey, Wakey!

Wakey, Wakey, Little Birdy!

It's the first of April... and that means a new edition of "Paper Piecing 1/4"  " is here!
It is titled:  Springtime Garden Patterns

Latest Issue:   Issue #13 April  -  June 2017
{avail HERE}

The super talented artist and designer, Janeen, at Quilt Art Designs, creates these amazing and fun foundation paper pieced patterns quarterly. 

The pattern that Janeen asked me to "bring to life" from this edition is called,
 " Cat and Bird in Tree."  I think she knows that I love cats... and especially little ,impish, black cats!!

Pattern:     Cat and Bird in Tree       {here }  found in Paper Piecing 1/4" dig mag 
                                                       issue  #13  April-June 2017        by Quilt Art Designs
                   An 18" finished block

"Wakey, wakey, little birdy!"
It is cute looking on paper.... but is even more delightful after it is made up in fabrics !

My sister, Amy, at " Amy Made That!" blog, told me : "How would YOU like to wake up that way... nose to nose?!  "     I laughed out loud when I read that!

"Yoooo Hoooo.... Let's PLAY!! "
I think that Janeen is going to make this cute little fellow into a regular feature, called "Mr. Whiskers!"       

I decided to plan on making this block, and 3 more future Mr Whiskers blocks , into a cute wall hanging or mini quilt! 

"What's your name?  I 'm Mr Whiskers! "

This is a fast and fun block to make up.  You'll want to check out the other awesome patterns in this new edition.  {here}  I have my eye on few of those patterns, so you may see them on my blog in the near future!.     I  just can't wait for another "Mr Whiskers" block to be created in the next issue!

I'll be linking up at:    Let's Bee Social  @  Sew Fresh Fabrics      and
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                                 Finished or Not Friday  @ Busy Hands Quilts

I'm off to my sewing room!

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Baby Shower Gift

A Baby Shower Gift

I had lots of fun making a few gifts for my cousin's baby shower.  I can't attend the shower , but I wanted to let them know I was thinking of them , and excited for them as they start their family.

I was determined  to use fabric from my stash.  They are expecting a girl, and she likes softer colors.  After perusing my stash, I happened upon my lovely little pile of pale pink and brown  "Lily and Will" fabrics { from Bunny Hill , by Moda. }  This is from the original fabric line.... I see Anne Sutton is coming out with a new  "Lily and Will Revisited" line in late spring.  

Now, all  I had to do was think of a gift!  I ran across  a fun and free  pattern for a softie animal ...  called , "Make It Yourself Softie Pattern " , by Cintia at My Poppet blog. {here}
Cintia made up one body shape, with various ears and tails to make it a bunny, a bear or a cat. I chose to make a bunny...  since I am using Bunny Hill fabrics!  

Disclosure:  I just made a flop.

{ Flop.  Bunny.  #SorryButNotSorryForThePun !)

My Flop:   Goofy Bunny Softie  in "Lily and Will" fabrics

 My bunny softie is just plain GOOFY looking.    Where did  I go wrong???

Cintia's softies had furry fabric, with no designs in the fabric. ( You can look here.)  Maybe I should have made my bunny ears closer together and used furry fabric.  

 I was  all ready to scrap my goofy softie bunny, and then my husband and S-I-L said to send it. WHAAAAAAAT ??   It had kinda been "growing on them " as they saw him  laying on my cutting table throughout the weekend, and they had picked him up to feel his plumpness.  It's  just possible that it may "grow on you" with time ...  Could it "grow on " a little baby??

So I tried to salvage my  Mr Goofy....
And wondered if I could shamelessly camouflage a "not very bunny-like " bunny with another legitimate gift.....  hmmmm .  Then, the  versatile "Divided Basket" came to mind.

The " Trojan Horse"  :   A  useful " Divided Basket"  by Anna                                                                                                            of    Noodlehead {found here }

Divided Basket  in "Lily and Will"  fabric
by Susie's Sunroom

See that divider inside the bag?  How clever is that?

 Divided Basket    in  "Lily and Will"
Susie's Sunroom

This basket can be useful  in a nursery in so many ways....from holding diapers , to  small toys, to small books, to bows, to socks ....         to ugly little bunny softies...

Peek-A-Boo !!  Looks who is inside this Divided Basket !
made by Susie's Sunroom    in "Lily and Will" fabric

Here are a few more  pictures . Feel free  to stop looking at this point if you don't want to see more of Mr Goofy!

I think that Mr Goofy is playing "Hide & Seek!"

Story Time for Mr Goofy

I thoroughly enjoyed making the Divided Basket,  and yes,  even Mr Goofy.
And, I hope the soon-to-be parents like the gifts.  (They don't have to use the softie... I just couldn't resist sending him along with the basket.)

Making this basket has given me another idea for a Divided basket.... come back to see my next one!

I'm off to my sewing room!

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mini Swoon

A Mini Swoon Finish

I have grown to love seeing the amazing  projects on the Instagram app. It is so handy to see what is new, using my phone.     Recently, Camille @Thimbleblossoms, 
hosted a SwoonAlong { #SwoonAlong}.  I just  had to join in with everyone!
Besides, Camille has 3 different sizes of her Swoon block that I could make! (available here at Thimbleblossoms )  Oh, and she has a Patchwork Swoon, too!

Some of you may remember that I added 4 sweet regular - sized Swoon blocks to the back of my Clambake quilt......

This is my  very first Swoon block....

My first Swoon Block     ( 24 " )            Love those strawberries from Hello Darling!

My Clambake quilt, with 4 Swoon blocks on the back!!

Sew...since it was a busy time of year, I purchased the Mini Swoon pattern to join in sewing in this Swoon Along!  I thought it would be do-able to make 4 mini 9" blocks.

For fabrics:   I decided to use up the leftover 5" charm squares that I had, from a charm pack of "Miss Kate"  by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.   Win- Win !!

Miss Kate Charms squares plus a bit of  Hello Darling yardage for the binding

I cut out the pieces for all 4 blocks before I started to sew .  I like to do this on small projects.

My muffin tin holds the small pieces... it's a hand-me -down that my mother had from our family

It only took about a week to fit in time to make up my 4 sweet Mini Swoon blocks! ( 8 " each)  The mini quilt comes out to be about 19" x 19".

My favorite block ( winning by a narrow margin !) is the dramatic red and dark blue one!

My Miss Kate Mini Swoon quilt

I think that it was helpful  that I had experience making the biggest Swoon block, before I made my mini blocks.  I am relieved to see my  points and corners where they should be for the most part!

I still had some small pieces left, so I made up a scrappy label.  And I added the triangles to the two top corners, for easily-made holders for a small dowel rod. 

For quilting:  I quilted  straight lines in a 1 " grid, with my trusty Aurifil #2021 thread and my walking foot.  (The batting was scraps of Warm and Natural batting.)

The back 

I like to seeing my Mini Swoon in my kitchen area, leading into my pantry!


My Mini Swoon quilt

You can see what I am currently making, as well as  past projects, if you follow my Instagram account at @SusiesSunroom .     ( Look at the right margin of my blog page!)

I had fun sewing along with Camille and allof  the other sewists making their own gorgeous Swoon projects!  What inspiration!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:     Let's Bee Social  @ Sew Fresh Quilts      and
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cherry Tree Lane Quilt

 My Cherry Tree Lane Quilt Finish

Cherry Tree Lane quilt by Susie's Sunroom

I finished a  quilt , during the Christmas holiday, and am just now finding time to share it with you.

I first saw this beautiful quilt pattern, while following Samantha, of Aqua Paisley Studio,  on Instagram (@aqua_paisley).   Samantha  hosted a fun
  Cherry Tree Lane Quilt Along on Instagram  ( @cherrytreelaneqal)  , when she released her brand new pattern,
                     Cherry Tree Lane.  Her inspiration came from Mary Poppins. 
Pattern available at Aqua Paisley Studio

I was drawn to this pattern immediately, as it uses Jelly Roll strips ( 2.5 "  x 40 " ).  And the pattern can  look differently depending on how you sew the pairs of strips and lay them out. (Like colors with like colors, or light and dark  colors together, for contrast, or just plain scrappy , etc.)

I realized this pattern would be a perfect way  to use the leftover  scraps of a Jelly Roll , from making my first official quilt.  That was a Scruffily Quilt,  by Rachel Griffith,  from Moda Bake Shop .   The fabric is "Glace",  by 3 Sisters for Moda. I still LOVE this fabric !   I had only used a 2.5" square off of 36 strips, plus some of the  strips to make a scrappy binding.  It had been sitting in a drawer since 2009.... looking pretty.  

All I had to do was round up  the Glace' leftovers and  3 Sisters yardage that I had in my stash, and count up the number of strips that I had available to use. 

I was only  few strips short of the Glace' fabric for the quilt.  So , I went in search of stashed  Moda red fabric ,that blended nicely  with the reds in this Glace' fabric.   

Cutting the strips into triangles
 I had fun laying out the blocks.   

See the holly leaves?

I love the brown fabrics in this collection !

 Of course, my #1 Quilty Helper, Whiskers, was there to help me keep the blocks in the right order as I built them! 

Whiskers on the job!!
Aqua Paisley Studio's pattern instructions are clear and easy to follow. The diagrams are excellent.    I was happy how the X's turned out in each block!

X hits the spot!
Before I knew it, it was time to add the sashings and corner keystones!

I love the small red squares in the center of each block

 Flimsy top  of Cherry Tree Lane Quilt

My CTL quilt- ready for the binding to be hand sewn on the back

Quilt Statistics:

Pattern:   Cherry Tree Lane Quilt   by Aqua Paisley Studio  ( here )
               Jelly Roll Friendly!
Fabric:   Glace'   by  3 Sisters  for Moda      (leftovers from an early quilt)
Size:    58 " x 80"  approximately
Thread:   Aurifil #2021  50 wt for piecing 
Batting:   Warm and Natural
Quilting:  Aurifil #2021 with walking foot on Viking Topaz sewing machine, large zigzag stitching
Backing:    Glace' (last of leftovers!) , in the  paisley, and Into the Woods - Lella Boutique by Moda,  in red.  I did have to buy this.  It turned out to be a beautiful match!

I really love this red "Into the Woods" fabric on the backing!

The back of the quilt,  with a scrappy label

I used red fabric for the binding, too!

Cherry Tree Lane quilt   front and back

I am pleased with how the quilt turned out!  I can use it all winter.

Cherry Tree Lane quilt
Well  , you know I just had to do this... pull out the first true quilt I made  and compare it to my latest quilt....      2009 vs 2016  !   

They look pretty together, don't they?
My Scruffily Quilt  -       technically simple, with raw edges
                               and quilted around each 10 inch square "in the ditch"

Scruffily Quilt close up

Notice how I " carefully selected"  staged the  blocks that matched up pretty well in the above photo?

True Confession:     Here are some of the "problem"  blocks that didn't match up very well.
I didn't know how to make the blocks meet at the corners back then !

My Cherry Tree Lane quilt-  more complicated design, with sashing and cornerstones 
                               and zigzag quilting 

Cherry Tree Lane Quilt
I had so much fun making my Cherry Tree Lane quilt... with that added bonus of using up some favorite leftover fabric!   It's been such a fun quilting ( and learning) journey so far!   

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:     Let's Bee Social  @  Sew Fresh Quilts    and  

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